Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure

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Malia has never seen an elephant stampede. She has never experienced scorpions, native rituals, spy plots, pirates or thieves. All that is about to change when too-curious Malia discovers the truth about her father half way around the world. Now hunted and haunted, Malia and her tiny dog, Teacup, race into hilarious and dangerous misadventures in the African jungle. Will Malia and Teacup survive their heart pounding challenges? Can Malia learn to value herself with the help of her eccentric grandparents? Or, will...

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Malia has never seen an elephant stampede. She has never experienced scorpions, native rituals, spy plots, pirates or thieves. All that is about to change when too-curious Malia discovers the truth about her father half way around the world. Now hunted and haunted, Malia and her tiny dog, Teacup, race into hilarious and dangerous misadventures in the African jungle. Will Malia and Teacup survive their heart pounding challenges? Can Malia learn to value herself with the help of her eccentric grandparents? Or, will the evil Inspector ruin everything?

BOOKS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL ARMOR FOR KIDS How can an adventure book empower children and make them safer? "A spoonful of adventure makes the psychology go down," according to Dr. Molly Barrow, author of relationship books, Matchlines for Singles and Matchlines for Step Parenting and practicing psychotherapist. Just as Mary Poppins helped children take their medicine with a little sugar, Barrow uses exciting adventure books to embed subtle positive messages about building self esteem.

"Self esteem is the single most important factor for the safety of a child. Parents and educators should concentrate their efforts on inspiring children to value their self worth rather than compliance," says Barrow. "High self esteem is psychological armor for children." Dr. Barrow's new fiction book for children, Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure illustrates complicated problem solving and demonstrates how to "stay safe by staying strong." Malia's journey of self discovery is a fast paced and fun book to read, yet, the 342 page book with 30 illustrations contains hidden self esteem building messages. The bookintroduces young readers, ages 9 to 13, to important life lessons through the comedic misadventures of Malia and her tiny poodle.

During the past twenty years counseling families, Dr. Barrow has used humorous storytelling to explain complicated therapy concepts to young children and troubled teenagers. Children responded so well to her stories utilizing the Barrow Empowerment Theory that Dr. Barrow created the Malia and Teacup books to reach more children. How a child values themselves is the first line of defense in dangerous situations against school bullies, predators, and abuse. "Prevention psychology is what we need now. Children must believe they deserve to be treated well," says Barrow. Experts link low self esteem with drug and alcohol use, rebellion, suicide and school dropouts. The book and web site provide parents and teachers help with challenging discussion topics.

L. A. psychologist and author Gerald Amada says, "Exciting books with social and moral themes, like Malia and Teacup and Harry Potter do have the effect of improving self esteem in children and will become a part of the large corpus of children's literature that fosters their emotional well being."

"Action packed adventure with one escapade after another, a terrific read for children from 9 to 13. Teachers, this book can lead to some great discussions, role playing and writing assignments. Boys and girls, get ready for a fast ride as you follow Malia from her home life with her wacky grandfather to her close calls in Africa with Teacup, her tiny dog. Will they make it safely home? Check out this book to find the answer." Lynn Nolan, M.Ed. Elementary education, 34 years.

The Malia and Teacup Series encourages: High self-esteem, positive thinking and healthy self images Responsibility and kindness to animals Personal safety, overcoming fears and standing up to bullies Family relationships, step-family blending Friendship, loyalty, love and forgiveness Grandparents and unconditional love Independent ethical decision making "doing the right thing" Global perspective and tolerance for differences.

Selected as a Sunshine State Young Reader Nominee for 2010

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Malia and Teacup was one big hilarious adventure (and misadventure, I suppose you could say) with a bit of coming-of-age thrown in.

Spies, thieves, pirates, a cute little poodle, elephant stampedes, crazy grandparents, a "magical" necklace and a huge but lovable character, Cook, all make this story one of a kind. Each chapter brought about a new adventure full of trouble. Malia has seen, done, and experienced everything.

Scorpions? Check. Meeting a spooky fortune-teller? Check. Mean yet popular girls? Check. Participating in a native ritual? Check.

Not to mention sleeping in a giant tent every night.

...I found myself picking it up at every opportunity. I couldn't "get enough" of sassy Malia and her adorable (yet TINY) poodle Teacup. --(Sarah)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982510902
  • Publisher: Barringer Publishing/Schlesinger Advertising
  • Publication date: 7/4/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    My Daughter Absolutely Loved Malia & Teacup, Awesome African Adventure and Can't Wait to Read the Next Book in the Series

    My daughter is an avid reader, so she can be pretty critical at times. She typically reads books that are part of a series, so Malia and Teacup, Awesome African Adventure, being the first in the series was a challenge. It turns out she loved it. She said it was very funny and very exciting. Malia and Teacup embark on a number of adventures, or to hear my daughter explain them...misadventures on a journey to Africa where she meets a number of interesting and exotic characters, and animals. Malia learns to take care of her dog, Teacup and also adjusts to a new stepfamily. My daughter explained how Malia learned about different cultures and people and learned to respect and eventually enjoy them. She had fun reading how brave Malia was overcoming many of her fears, a good lesson there. What I liked about the book, are the pages toward the back my daughter showed me. There is a history of Kenya and a vocabulary of Swahili words we had fun with. Also, and extremely important to me as a parent are the pages about safety and building self esteem. The author, Dr. Molly Barrow explains in her notes that there are self esteem building lessons for the kids throughout the book and how important that is for the safety of the kids. There are discussion pages in the back of the book for parents and teachers to discuss with our children about safety and how to make safe decisions.
    So, on a couple of levels I do recommend this book. My daughter enjoyed the fun of the adventures, I heard her laughing while she was reading, and the other level is, she learned something about other cultures, being responsible and most important of all to be safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2009

    Excellent Book Series

    As diplomats, my wife and I have lived in many countries and my daughter has good friends from varied cultures. The Malia and Teacup series are great exciting books for children to learn to accept differences while they recognize good intentions and bad people. Highly recommend this book for boys and girls, parents too.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    I loved Malia's character. I felt her pain and fear.

    Malia's story is one that needs to be told and understood. The book is for children but adults need to read this to understand what children are thinking and feeling. Not everyone who has divorced parents have to go to exotic countries to visit a parent. Dr. Barrow has made this a great story by taking the readers to a world they are not used to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

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    Great Book!

    Malia and Teacup is a wonderful book that is great for kids. Every kid will love this book, it's packed with exciting adventures and is also very funny.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    SUNSHINE STATE YOUNG READERS AWARD nominee

    Malia and Teacup books were selected as Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominees. Barnes and Noble Community Relations Manager, Jessica Olson,says the Sunshine State Young Readers Award is like the Oscars for books. Teachers and parents begin calling constantly during the month of April when the winner's list is announced. SSYRA committee chair and media specialist, Lorraine Stinson selected both Malia and Teacup titles for the award nominations. Laurie Arnez, Media Specialist, also a commitee member introduced the books to the committee.

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